With weeks to go until holiday gatherings, North East High is already in a giving mood.
The school's National Honor Society recently held a food drive, explained honor society advisor Sylvia Soltis.
Evan Tart, a senior, and president of the society, explained that it's a long standing tradition that the school hold a food drive to help those in need. This year, they collected from October 24 until November 4 and then donated the items to the Cecil County Help Center.
"We had daily announcements about it and then had a daily competition between the first block classes. The class that collects the most cans gets breakfast," said Tart.
NHS member Kevin Dennis, also a senior said this event was for everyone. "Everyone can take part in helping. Anyone can help the needy. We have students here who will benefit from this," said Dennis.
The students aren't the only ones thinking Thanksgiving. North East High staff will have a turkey trot, a team building activity on November 21. Assistant principal Jim Leitgeb explained the event. He said that about 40 staffers have signed on for a two mile walk/run on a course at the school. This after school activity is designed for both fun and team building.
Leitgeb said that he and principal David Foye collaborated on the idea. "It's a kick start to working out and a friendly competition," said Leitgeb. The winners among the faculty will receive free turkeys.